Business Digest

BUSINESS DIGEST

Howard Business

November 17, 2003

Santa's visit to open holiday season at Chatham Station

Chatham Station Shopping Center in Ellicott City will hold a Holiday Kick-off Celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Santa will arrive by horse-drawn sleigh at 11 a.m.; people can wait to welcome him on the sidewalk in front of Kmart. He will be available for visits and pictures. A brass ensemble will provide holiday music.

Frosty the Snowman and a giant Gingerbread Man will be at the shopping center to greet customers and pose for pictures. Specials, giveaways, demonstrations, entertainment and a "Stuff a Bus" promotion to benefit the Maryland Food Bank are also planned. The bus to be filled with donations of nonperishable food items will be parked at the Giant Food store.

Chatham Station is leased and managed by Resource Enterprises Inc., a Baltimore-Washington commercial real estate company. The mall is on the site of the former Chatham Mall.

British American named Small Business of the Year

British American Auto Care Inc. recently won the Maryland Chamber of Commerce 2003 Small Business of the Year Award.

The award recognizes the dedication, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit displayed by small businesses with six to 50 employees.

Of the 134,000 small businesses in Maryland, British American was one of 63 nominated for the award.

SBA seeks nominees for Person of the Year

The U.S. Small Business Administration's Baltimore District Office is accepting nominations of successful small-business owners for its Maryland Small-Business Person of the Year award for 2004. The winner will compete for the national title. Nominees are also sought for Advocate and Special Award categories.

The celebration of Small Business Week next year will include the 20th annual Maryland Small Business Week Award Breakfast, scheduled for May.

Nominations, which can be made by an individual or organization, must be received by Dec. 12.

Information: Rachel Howard, 410-962-6195, Ext. 319.

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